Former Notre Dame defensive lineman Kona Schwenke has tragically passed away at the age of 25, according to a report from KHON in Honolulu.
Schwenke was a reserve defensive lineman on the 2012 Notre Dame team that finished as national runner-up to Alabama. He played in 31 games during his four years at Notre Dame, making nine starts and registering 30 tackles and a sack.
After graduating with a degree in anthropology, Schwenke pursued a career in the NFL. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2014 NFL Draft and would eventually go on to make their practice squad before being cut that September.
He’d go on to spend time on the practice squads of the New England Patriots and the New York Jets in his rookie season, as well, before signing a futures contract with the Oakland Raiders to end the year. After being released by Oakland, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks ,but wound up tearing an ACL during training camp.
Schwenke hadn’t been in the NFL since being waived by the Seahawks. However, he had recently competed in The Spring League, forcing a fumble in the April 8 showcase.
The cause of his death is currently unknown. Check back to DieHards for updates.